Johnson takes over for Spence

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce has a new leader based on decisions by the business group's board of directors, according to its executive director.

Julie Johnson, the chamber's first vice president, "will be taking over duties as president until the chamber's elections in November," Ritaanne Weaver, executive director of the organization, said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Chamber member Eric Michael of Michael Wealth Management "is our nominee for 2011," Weaver said. "We're excited about him coming on with his innovative ideas."

Johnson succeeds Melody Spence, proprietor of A Victorian Melody on North Church Street.

Spence submitted her resignation on Aug. 9 and the chamber board accepted it.

"It is with sadness that I am stepping down as the president," Spence said in her letter to the board.

"I feel as though I am not accomplishing what I need to and that I do not have the support that it takes to be the president.

"I have had some people inquire as to events that were going on in the Chamber and I am not even aware of some of the activities that are being planned."

Spence succeeded Chamber president Chad Fox, whose second term expired last December.

Johnson has family obligations that re-strict her availability, so she's limiting the time that she will serve as the leader of the business organization, according to remarks from Weaver.